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The World Would Be Just a Little Sadder Without Corn-Fed Beef

A story in the New York Times reports that as biofuels made from crops have caused food prices to rise, alternative means of creating biofuels are being encouraged -- but with caveats. Biofuels derived from weeds or grass, for example, "are what scientists label invasive species ... that have an extraordinarily high potential to escape biofuel plantations, overrun adjacent farms and natural land, and create economic and ecological havoc in the process," the story says.

No offense to JGI, but what ever happened to good old solar power?

 

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.